The Buford, Wyoming auction represents a unique opportunity to acquire an entire town, along with the Buford Trading post, an income-producing convenience and fuel store. Included in the auction are 10+/- acres of land, five buildings, United States Post Office Boxes, inventory, furnishings and tools. Three vehicles and snow plow will sell separately. There is also a Union Wireless cellular tower with lease, and parking area previously used by an overnight shipping company for nighttime trailer switches. The majority of the acreage is fenced with a 2-3 rail wood fence.
Located midway between Cheyenne and Laramie, historic Buford is known as "The Nation's Smallest Town" by virtue of having a single resident and its own ZIP code (82052). Buford's fame has spread around the globe through news stories on CNN, MSNBC, NBC's Today Show, other news programming and Time Magazine. The trading post has capitalized on that exposure through sales of town-related items, including tee shirts, postcards and other memorabilia, in addition to snacks, soda and fuel. The trading post benefits from significant traffic on I-80, with customer counts reaching 1,000 per day during the height of the summer tourism season.
The town's five buildings include the Buford Trading Post built in 2004; a 3 bedroom modular home purchased new in 1994; a school house built in 1905 which now serves as an office; a three and a half stall garage built in 1895 and a 1900s cabin which is now used as a tool shed.
The unincorporated community, the second oldest town in Wyoming, dates back to the construction of the transcontinental railroad and takes its name from one of the heroes of the Battle of Gettysburg, Major General John Buford. Visitors to Buford included Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the outlaw Butch Cassidy.
Buford is at 8,000 feet of elevation, making it the highest town along the coast-to-coast expanse of I-80. Near the town are several points of interest including the Curt Gowdy State Park, Vedauwoo State Park and rock climbing area, the 140+ year old "Tree in the Rock" and the Ames Monument, all contributing traffic to Buford.